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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Arsene Wenger has ruled out a move for Yoann Gourcuff by insisting he has no plans to make an attempt to sign the Lyon playmaker in January.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the 'sheer will to win' from his players helped them prevail over a Bolton side over the weekend.

Blackburn owners Venky's have denied a newspaper report claiming the club's future is at risk due to the GBP10 million demand from their bank.

Zat Knight believes Bolton need to become 'horrible' to play against if they are to turn the corner and start climbing the Premiership table.

Frank Lampard scored his seventh Premiership goal as Chelsea registered their sixth home victory following the match against Manchester City.

Phil Neville insists Everton have enough quality to be able to provide better service to the forwards to help ease their goalscoring troubles.

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies is hoping to continue his comeback from injury ahead of their important fixtures against Odense and Bolton.

Liverpool are in pole position to sign Wycombe starlet Jordan Ibe, who has also attracted the interest of Man Utd, Man City and Tottenham.

Manchester City
Frank Lampard scored his seventh Premiership goal to condemned Manchester City to their first away defeat following the match against Chelsea.

Manchester United
Manchester United are reportedly interested in PSV starlet Jetro Willems, who is being viewed as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.

Newcastle United
Boss Alan Pardew hopes to have Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote back to face Swansea - but thinks it will be too early for Mike Williamson.

Norwich City
Captain Grant Holt was delighted with the win over Newcastle has called on Norwich to make Carrow Road a fortress if they want to stay up.

Queens Park Rangers
Peterborough could allow goalkeeper Joe Lewis to move to the Premier League with QPR in January or risk losing him for free in the summer.

Stoke City
Centre back Jonathan Woodgate believes Stoke have two huge factors in their favour - a strong team spirit and a ground nobody likes visiting.

Ringer-winger Sebastian Larsson is hoping his last-minute winner for Sunderland against Blackburn can help serve as a spark for their season.

Swansea City
Keeper Michel Vorm has championed the need to do your homework, with his spot-kick heroics down to hours of study carried out off the field.

Luka Modric concedes that a poor first-half showing at Stoke cost Tottenham dear, but does not believe that they deserved to lose the game.

West Brom
West Brom defender Steven Reid has underlined that his team played well against Wigan and blamed himself for the giving away the winning goal.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan captain Gary Caldwell believes they are starting to generate some momentum ahead of their fixtures against the big teams in the league.

Wolves defender Stephen Ward said the club are eyeing a home double over Stoke and Norwich in their battle to move up the Premiership table.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa believes his team deserved more than a point against Racing Santander after making 12 attempts on goal.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid midfielder Gabriel Fernandez insisted that coach Manzano has nothing to do with the players playing badly against Espanyol.

There is no deal in place which would obligate Chelsea to sell young midfielder Oriol Romeu back to Barcelona, Andre Villas-Boas has revealed.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino is concerned about playing their second game in less than 48 hours but has vowed to beat Celta in the Copa.

Getafe coach Luis Garcia was happy with the win over Granada after admitting that his team showed contrasting form before and after the break.

Granada coach Fabriciano Gonzalez praised his players for the effort they showed against Getafe and regretted their failure to find a goal.

Levante have ruled out any serius injury to midfielder Farinos, while confirming Felix Vicente will not play Deportivo in the Copa del Rey.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini lamented their draw against Osasuna and said without a doubt the team have dropped two points in the match.

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar admitted he was pleased to draw with Malaga and conceded that his team were pushed into defending more.

Racing Santander
Coach Juanjo Gonzalez said the draw at Bilbao proved that Racing are still alive and that the team do not depend on him or his coaching staff.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano president Raul Martin Presa has revealed that the club are trying to renew the contract of five players, who are keen to stay.

Real Betis
Real Betis head coach Pepe Mel has no intention to 'harm' his counterpart Gregorio Manzano, but hope Atletico Madrid will lose this weekend.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid are reportedly ready to make a move for Gremio's Mario Fernandes after Fabio Coentrao's sub-par display in the defeat to Barcelona.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros was delighted to finally win away from home and has praised his team for a great first half performance.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier was happy with the draw against Villarreal, having finish the game with 10 men in a difficult stadium.

Real Zaragoza
Coach Javier Aguirre has acknowledged that Zaragoza are in a complicated situation and the defeat to Mallorca was a terrible step backwards.

Sevilla coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has confirmed that Andres Palop is not in top condition and will not face San Roque in the Copa del Rey.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado praised his players for their performance against Rayo and said his team won because they were effective.

Midfielder Pablo Hernandez regretted the way Valencia lost to Betis and wants his team to learn from their mistakes so as not to repeat it.

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido admitted he is unhappy about the draw with Sociedad, but his team have taken a step towards improvement.

Serie A

AC Milan
Nigerian defender Taye Taiwo has admitted that he would not stay at Milan if he fails to break into the plans of boss Massimiliano Allegri.

AS Roma
Daniele De Rossi scored his second Serie A goal of the season as Roma registered their second home draw following the match against Juventus.

Atalanta are reportedly keen to acquire the services of Icelandic left-winger Emil Halfredsson, who is currently tied to Serie B side Verona.

Bologna coach Stefano Pioli is reported targeting Palermo defender Andrea Mantovani, who has made only four appearences so far this season.

Cagliari are likely to be without the influential Daniele Conti until the middle after he was injured following a clash with Stefano Morrone.

Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti claims his side is ready to face their most important game of the year against Palermo this weekend.

Cesena will assess the condition of Lauro, Comotto, Martinez and Colucci, while Antonioli will return between the post after serving his ban.

Chievo coach Di Carlo has defended Sergio Pellissier after he was booked for simulation and raged at the referee's for not giving a penalty.

Fiorentina are optimistic that Alessio Cerci could return to the squad for their clash against Atalanta after missing the last two matches.

Genoa manager Alberto Malesani admits victories are the best medicine and that his team are motivated heading into the clash against Inter.

Inter Milan
Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri has confirmed that Diego Forlan will be on the bench against Genoa, while Diego Milito is still a doubt.

Giorgio Chiellini scored his first Serie A goal of the season as Juventus registered their fourth away draw following the match against Roma.

Lazio have confirmed that in-form goalkeeper Federico Marchetti could be out of action for the next month after sustaining a thigh injury.

Lecce will assess the conditions of Mesbah, Tomovic, Bertolacci and Esposito, while Moris Carrozzieri is likely to make a return this week.

Aurelio De Laurentiis has called on Napoli to end the year in the right way and to recover their League position before they return to Europe.

Novara coach Attilio Tesser does not feel that his side wasted an opportunity to beat Napoli and admits he would love to sign Pippo Inzaghi.

Bologna coach Stefano Pioli is reported targeting Palermo defender Andrea Mantovani, who has made only four appearences so far this season.

Parma director Pietro Leonardi felt sorry for his players, who were very disappointed that they could not beat Cagliari despite playing well.

Siena have confirmed that defender Cristiano Del Grosso has broken his nose against Genoa, but the player will continue to play using a mask.

Udinese are reportedly keen to acquire the services of Icelandic winger Emil Halfredsson, who is currently tied to Serie B side Hellas Verona.